When you are in a car accident with a child, the situation can worsen quickly since children are more vulnerable to serious injury. Your priority will always be to get your child the care they need in an emergency room, but what happens next? Our Oklahoma City car accident lawyer at BDIW Law can offer you the guidance and support you need to navigate the challenges you are facing ahead.
Steps to Take Now to Protect Your Child
When it comes to what to do when your child is hurt in a car accident, the first and most important step is to get the child into a hospital for a full exam and screening, even if they seem to be okay. Children, especially younger children, are vulnerable to serious injuries, and they cannot communicate what occurred to them fully. As a result, you need to be sure they are okay before you move forward.
After getting your child medical care, do what you can to document what occurred in the car accident. Perhaps you can get the names and contact information of all parties involved, and you may be able to file a police report that outlines everything that happened accurately. You may also have some photos of the incident, the area surrounding the accident, and your child’s injuries.
Once you take these steps, work to focus on healing and contact our car accident attorney. Our legal team will work to determine what financial compensation you and your child may be owed as a result of this accident. Many times, we can help you see significant recovery for the losses you have because of our extensive experience.
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How Our Car Accident Attorneys Can Help
After a child is hurt in a car accident, the damages can be impactful in many ways. Our attorneys will listen to you describe what occurred and then help you determine what legal steps you may be able to take. Most importantly, we are going to listen to you to better understand who is responsible and how this incident impacted your life.
Our car accident attorneys will provide you with a free consultation to discuss your case with us without any cost while protecting your privacy. We will then work closely with you to determine how to move forward and what type of legal strategy may be best suited for your needs. Once we present this information to you, our team goes to work:
- We will help you assess the damages in the case
- We can help you to get the best level and type of care possible for your child
- Our attorneys do the hard work of finding out what went wrong
- Expect us to pursue fair and comprehensive compensation from the insurance company of the responsible party
- Know that if they do not provide a fair settlement to you, we will work hard to pursue legal action in a court of law
What Type of Damages Could You Have
One of the reasons this type of legal case can be so worrisome is that the implications can be far-lasting. When a child is hurt in a car accident, it could impact their quality of life now but also into their future, and they may be owed compensation for that. For example, a child with a traumatic brain injury may struggle to learn and fully develop as they would have otherwise.
We explore all types of losses that your child could face as a result of this car accident and the responsible party’s negligence. Each situation is very different, but we can gather all of the data available to fight to prove your rights. Expect us to help you determine what types of damages you may be owed, including:
- Medical bills
- Ongoing rehab and therapy
- Property loss
- Time you miss at work for your child’s care
- The child’s loss of quality of life
- Development delays or other concerns related to their injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and mental anguish
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How We Can Prove Long-Term Losses in a Child Car Accident Case
One of the strategies our legal team takes is fully gathering all information possible about your case and your child’s future after it. To do this, we will work to understand what occurred as well as how it changed your loved one’s future. A core component of the work we do is to ensure that we have evidence to support our client’s claims.
One way we do this is by speaking to medical professionals and accident recreationists. We can use this information to better understand the impact of the injuries on the child’s future. There are some injuries that are more complex and typically carry long-term implications, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Serious burns that lead to disfigurement
- Loss of limbs due to amputation
- Spinal column injuries
- Internal injuries
What If You Do Not Know How Extensive Those Injuries Will Be?
It is common for cases like this to be hard to move forward simply because parents do not know the extent of their child’s injuries. While you may be hoping for full recovery (and we are as well), there are important reasons to focus on realistic outcomes since this can help ensure that you have the financial means to provide the best level of care for your child. Even if you do not know the extent of the child’s losses and whether any will be permanent, we want to encourage you to reach out to us right now to allow our attorneys to determine what your rights are.
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What you should do if your child is hurt in a car accident is to get them the medical care they need, secure their mental health, and then contact our car accident attorneys at BDIW Law for immediate help. Let us provide you with a free consultation to discuss your case and to offer you insight into the legal rights you have. We are here to help you when you call us.
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